Department Sports Medicine
Primary Location Lakewood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Lakewood Family Health Center
Primary Location

Lakewood Family Health Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute Fracture Care
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Concussion Evaluation & Testing
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Fitness
  • Fitness And Nutrition As Part Of The Orthopaedic Treatment Plan
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand Injection
  • Knee Injections
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Management Of Sports Concussions
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Medicine
  • Prevention And Treatment Of Injuries In The Aging Athlete
  • Prevention And Wellness
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physicals
  • Sports Safety
  • Steroid Injections
  • Student Health
  • Women's Sports Health
View all 25 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Acute Foot Pain
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • Athletic Ankle Injury
  • Athletic Elbow Injury
  • Athletic Foot Injury
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)
  • Calcaneal Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Concussions
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Dance Injuries
  • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • DeQuervain's Disease
  • Elbow Pain & Injury
  • Foot & Ankle Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Running Injuries
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain/Strain
  • Sports Concussion
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports-Related Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger and De Quervain's Disease
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Turf Toe
  • Wrist Sprain
View all 59 Specialties +


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About Marie Schaefer, MD

Marie Schaefer, MD is a staff physician with appointments in both the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute and Medicine Institute. She is board certified in Family Medicine with a specialty certification in Primary Care Sports Medicine.  She works primarily in the Center for Sports Health and serves as the Head Team Physician and NCAA Health Care Administrator for Cleveland State University.

She is from Parma, OH and completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio Wesleyan University prior to attending Yale School of Medicine.  Upon graduation, she completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Ohio State University and completed a pediatric and adult Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

She holds a faculty position of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  She is also the team physician of Lakewood High School and the Verb Ballets company.

Dr. Schaefer enjoys working with athletes and active people of all ages in injury treatment and prevention. She has specialty training in working with pediatric athletes including concussion management.  Her specialty interests include non-operative management of orthopaedic conditions, acute and chronic sports injuries, tendon or ligament conditions, and management of medical problems in sports.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Nationwide Children's Hospital
Sports Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Residency - The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Family Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Medical Education - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Undergraduate - Ohio Wesleyan University
Politics and Government
Delaware, OH USA


  • Family Medicine - Sports Medicine
  • Family Medicine - Family Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 5/14/2020, Dr. Schaefer has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

181 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

41 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Dr. Schaefer has always been very professional, and kind. When she has to deliver bad news, she does it very gently. She is a very compassionate person, and I have recommended her to everyone I know. She is one of the few people that I emphatically hold in the highest regard.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Dr. Schaefer was most helpful in assessing my posture problems.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

I highly recommend Dr. Schaeffer

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Doctor Shafer is a very caring and concerning physician

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

great front desk person and the Doctor us fabulous

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Dr. Schaefer was very good. She explained everything and answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

This doctor had a great re pore with me. She was kind considerate and answered my concerns. I actually felt better when I left.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

I don't believe in yes people because how do you know it they are sincere. Dr Schaefer and answered all mhmy concerns/questions.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Excellent service and care by Dr. Schaefer

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

My first visit with this particular doctor. She was great.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Great doctor very knowlegable

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

I think that she is a excellent physician she is both friendly and professional I would recommend her to anyone in my family or friends

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Dr. Marie Schaffer is very professional, courteous, and thurlas well as charming. I will be back to see this doctor again. I will highly recommend Dr. Marie Schaefer.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Dr Schaefer MD was fantastic. Very passionate about what and how she handles her patients. Thank you very much for Dr Schaefer.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

dr. Maria Schaeffer was outstanding

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Many of these questions don't relate to my experience. The appointment was made for me at the doctor's office face-to-face. I didn't have phone contact and there's no way to a dress that in this survey.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

I had to care givers both medical doctors doctor Kelly and doctor Schaefer

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Dr Schaefer is a excellent doctor she makes you feel so comfortable

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

the doctor and their nurse were very professional with wonderful bedside manner that took the time to listen and answer questions

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Love Dr Schaefer!. Cannot give her enough accolades.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Dr. Schaefer is very pleasant, extremely knowledgeable, open and pleased to be asked questions. Dr. Schaefer is an example of how the Cleveland Clinic has earned a worldwide excellent reputation.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

I love dr. Schafer.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

This was a second opinion, and I couldn't have been more pleased. Dr. Schaefer actually LISTENED to me. I could have already had surgery and been done with therapy if first provider listened. Dr . Schaefer was kind, professional, and 100% accurate.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

One of the nicest doctors I've ever seen she wasn't in a hurry to move onto the next patient she took her time and explained everything to me

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Wow!! I was so impressed with Dr. Schaefer and Dr. Konidis! They listened and let me explain a lot of things. They both did a thorough exam of my ankle and Achilles and lower legs. I felt that they both showed concern and care and had a wonderful bedside manner!! They were informative and explained what they discovered. I felt extremely confident in their care and the decisions moving forward!!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

I would highly recommend Dr. Schaefer and Dr. Konidis!!

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

A resident physician was shadowing my doctor. Saw him first, very professional. Then, my care provider came in & evaluated my condition too. Explained clearly my health problem & made suggestions for improving my health. I totally agreed with her findings & suggestions.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Dr. Schaefer is attentive, energetic, and professional. She is a great listener while moving the appointment along.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Dr. Schaeffer is a knowledgeable doctor who explains things well to the patient. She asks questions and took time to answer my questions and concerns. I will recommend this doctor to my friends as a competent and caring physician. Thanks so much.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Dr M Schaefer was a FINE doctor with all the above-mentioned attributes. I'm hoping the meds she prescribed will help me, but I have complete confidence in her. A very likable professional.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

excellent experience with Dr Kelly snd Dr Schafer thst I've come to expect snd enjoy from the Clinic..

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr. Schaefer is hands down the best!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

The doctor answered all my questions and explained everything thoroughly.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

the nicest doctor

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

the dr is very caring and has nice way to get the feedback she needs to make her diagnosis ... she has this reassuring personality that put me at ease during my visit

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

l Like her very much she very good at her job as my Dr in sports medical.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Dr. Schaefer helped me with another issue I was experiencing on the day of my appt. I really felt like she was treating me as a "whole person." I highly recommend her!

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019

Dr. Schaefer was very careful to listen to me and help me to describe the problem I was having.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

Dr. Schaefer was most helpful in her assessment of my shoulder problem and prescribed two weeks of actions for me to take which included a return visit after that time to see if there was any improvement. She has a wonderful personality and was most reassuring for me as a person in my mid-seventies.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Marie is a excellent doctor, I would not go anywhere else but to see her.I come from Eastlake all the way to Rockside rd.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr Schaefer is exceptionally respectful and informative.

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